Increasing interactions between those with dementia and the police

The number of people with dementia is increasing exponentially. This is a side effect of the baby boomers aging and age being the biggest risk factor for dementia. It is also due to dementia leading to misinterpretations of events or even frank paranoia that lead people to call 911 as happened in Seattle.

As a community, this issue calls for more attention and interventions to prevent or ameliorate as many tragedies as possible.

 

Maureen Nash, MD

About mcnash

Maureen C. Nash, M.D., F.A.P.A. is board certified in both psychiatry and internal medicine and serves as the Medical Director of the Tuality Center for Geriatric Psychiatry (TCGP) at Tuality Forest Grove Hospital. TCGP is a dedicated acute inpatient geriatric psychiatry unit in Oregon and serves as a referral center for all of Oregon and southwest Washington. She is the Chair of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP) Clinical Practice Committee, serves on the AAGP Board of Directors and has served on the AAGP Education and Research Committees. With her involvement in these national efforts, Dr. Nash is working to help promote the mental health and well being of older people and improve the care of those with late-life mental disorders. She has clinical appointments at Oregon Health and Sciences University Psychiatry Department and Pacific University Physicians Assistant Program where she mentors geriatric psychiatry fellows and PA students. She has received a number of awards including being recognized as a Top Doctor by Portland Monthly and earned a number of awards on Health Tap, a digital platform to improve community access to reliable medical information. Dr. Nash has specific interests in improving the access to mental health care for older adults, improving the quality of care given to those suffering from dementia and improving the ability to accurately assess capacity in older adults. She is a sought after public speaker/expert and has been invited to give presentations to many organizations including the American Psychiatric Association, AAGP, National Association of Guardians, Alaska State Guardianship Association, Oregon Alzheimer’s Association, Oregon Gerontological Association, Parkinson’s Resources of Oregon, National Association of Women Judges, Oregon Bar Association Elder Law Section…. She served on the State Plan for Alzheimer's Disease in Oregon (SPADO) Task Force, leading the Medical/Research subcommittee and has served on a number of workgroups for the Oregon legislature on issues involving older adults, dementia and mental illness. Prior to joining the Tuality Center for Geriatric Psychiatry in 2005, Dr. Nash served as Medical Director of the Colby Center for Psychiatry (an inpatient psychiatric unit for older adults) at the Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake, N.Y. She earned her medical degree at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. She went on to complete her residency at the combined internal medicine/psychiatry residency program at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., where she also served as chief resident. She was an instructor in psychiatry at Dartmouth Medical School in Hanover, N.H. Prior to her medical career she was a computer engineer specializing in hardware/software integration in a research setting.
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